Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

News Release Archive

December 17, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of seven recently competed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. Among the research topics were phosphorus in beef cattle manure, soil quality in alternative cropping systems, on-farm...


December 15, 2014
When planning crops, foresters speak in years, not months. Even so, results of a study conducted by Trees Forever and funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture show promise for several agroforestry crops suitable for Iowa soils and climate. Jeff Jensen, northwest Iowa field...


November 24, 2014
AMES, Iowa –Iowa’s local food economy is growing more vigorously than expected, according to a two-year evaluation from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. The report also shows how modest public investment in the work of local food coordinators contributes to job creation...


November 3, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Conservation and production goals are often pitted against each other, but one project is showing how the two objectives need not be mutually exclusive. “The science is showing us that we can have both,” says Iowa State University researcher Lisa Schulte Moore.


October 22, 2014
Looking to start a local food business or processing facility? How about a school garden? As local food systems continue to develop, community leaders need access to capital to start or sustain their efforts. The good news is, there are funding options available from both federal and non‐federal...


October 13, 2014
AMES, Iowa – What do small meat-processing facilities, corn stover, ash tree pests and land trusts have in common? All were topics of recently completed research projects supported by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.


October 2, 2014
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University project designed to help communities build their capacity to produce, process and distribute food will be featured at the Iowa Hunger Summit that is part of World Food Prize activities.


September 24, 2014
The leader of a worldwide network of organic organizations presented its top honor, the One World Award for Lifetime Achievement, to Fred Kirschenmann, a North Dakota organic farmer and Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.


September 23, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- The 14h Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into...


September 22, 2014
AMES, Iowa – It’s not easy to start a food business. Shared-use kitchens offer a safer venue for food entrepreneurs to launch new enterprises and participate in the economic development of a community by creating jobs and markets for local products, and retaining money within the...


September 18, 2014
AMES, Iowa – New research suggests that conventional corn-soybean systems, managed with synthetic fertilizer alone, do not produce enough plant material to sustain soil organic matter levels, reducing crop yield in the long term.


September 2, 2014
AMES, Iowa – New research funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture maps out the social networks in place to mitigate the emerald ash borer’s destructive impact on Iowa forests.


August 28, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- Two Iowans have been selected to receive the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture. They are southeast Iowa farmer Steve Berger and Leigh Adcock, who is outgoing director of the Iowa-based grassroots Women, Food and Agriculture Network.


July 30, 2014
The fun of shopping at a farmers market is a great reason for eating produce while it’s in season and grown close to home, not to mention the payoff of hot, buttered ears of sweet corn picked fresh this morning.


July 17, 2014
A special project grant in the Leopold Center's Cross-cutting Initiative is helping ISU students enrolled in Horticulture 465, Horticulture Enterprise Management Marketing, sell the produce they grow during the class. The Leopold Center also supported the first three years of the development of...


July 17, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Marketing and distributing locally-grown food just got easier with a new Local Food System Toolkit: Developing a Worksite Food Box Program. Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Food Hub, the...


July 9, 2014
Workshops featuring grazing consultant Jim Gerrish will be held in different locations across Iowa August 18-22.  Each day will include classroom discussions and pasture walks at local farms. Topics will include maintaining plan diversity to increase production and environmental benefits,...


July 7, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Labor remains one of the key challenges for fruit and vegetable growers who want to scale up their operations to serve increasing consumer demand for local produce. A new manual from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture...


July 2, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Farmers on small to mid-sized operations have a network to support increased energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. The Farm Energy Working Group has compiled numerous resources to reduce farm energy use, which are online at www.uni.edu/ceee/farmenergy/onestopshop.


June 11, 2014
NEVADA, Iowa – People offer numerous reasons for buying food produced close to home, but often overlooked are the strong relationships created by this type of food system. The Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG), a statewide network of people interested in local foods, will focus on...


June 5, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture is looking for innovative ideas for research and projects as part of its long-running competitive grants program. Of particular interest this year is work that focuses on soil health, diversity to help manage pests and provide habitat for...


May 27, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Farmers must be masters of adaptation—they must cope with changing federal policies, fluctuating crop prices, and advancing technology. A new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows how farmers in northeast Iowa have adapted to change over the past...


May 20, 2014
AMES, Iowa — What will future space colonists eat in their long trek across the galaxies? A new bio-dome display at Iowa State University’s Reiman Gardens looks into the future of farming in space. The bio-dome is the main attraction in the Hughes Conservatory through November 15 as...


May 12, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Summaries of six recently completed competitive grant projects are now available from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. These projects showcase work on prairie conservation strips, school and community gardens, organic practices that...


April 21, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University researcher has found an unexpected source of fiber in food waste that increases its potential for making renewable fuel: napkins.


April 18, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Two new representatives are serving on the advisory board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a research center located at Iowa State University. They are Marc Linderman from the University of Iowa and Michael Naig, who represents the Iowa Department of...


April 17, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center invites nominations for the 2014 Spencer Award for Sustainable Agriculture, which honors people who have made a significant contribution to the ecological and economic stability of Iowa’s family farms. You may nominate yourself or others for the award...


April 16, 2014
AMES, Iowa –  It’s time again for the ‘Ames Reads Leopold’ event, in its seventh year of celebrating Aldo Leopold’s legacy and philosophy on sustainable living. It will be Saturday, April 26 at Ames High School.


April 15, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Consumers interested in eating local have more resources to do so with the updated directory, Iowa CSA Farms: 2014 Statewide List of Iowa CSA Farms and Organizers. Produced by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, this...


March 26, 2014
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Results from a five-year on-farm research project are helping  a northwest Iowa farmer keep valuable land in production as well as reduce nitrogen runoff into shallow wells that supply water for a nearby community of 7,000 people. The project also shows how research...


March 20, 2014
AMES, Iowa – This April 8 at Quality Inn, Ames, farmer Penny Brown Huber will discuss the success of her Marshalltown-based flash-freeze fruit and vegetable packaging plant, Iowa Choice Harvest.   The start-up food processing business was established by a handful of central Iowa...


March 14, 2014
AMES, Iowa – “When it comes to building healthy, productive soils, remember,” says Ray Archuleta in one of his many soil health videos, “do not disturb.” The charismatic spokesperson for the unseen secrets of soil, Archuleta visits Iowa State University this year as...


March 12, 2014
AMES, Iowa – Photographs, infographics and interviews paint a full-color, big picture view of prairie strips in a new publication from Iowa State University’s STRIPS team and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


February 28, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The spotlight is on local food business expansion in this year’s Iowa Local Food Conference. Keynotes and panels will highlight the growing number of opportunities available to food producers in their local networks. Conference attendees may participate in three tracks:...


February 17, 2014
NOTE: This Iowa Learning Farms news release summarizes work on a statewide campaign that has been supported by the Leopold Center under a special three-year grant.


February 14, 2014
AMES, Iowa – With the rising popularity of local foods the spotlight is now on cities and the health of the soil underfoot. Increasingly, sustainable agriculture practitioners and researchers view cities as places of potential. A green space like an urban garden or farm can revitalize a...


February 6, 2014
See our event page for a link to a podcast of this lecture


January 23, 2014
AMES, Iowa – The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 24 innovative research and demonstration projects that will help Iowa farmers improve soil health, take advantage of opportunities related to local foods and fine-tune alternative practices that protect the...


January 21, 2014
AMES, Iowa -- Minnesota farmer Lucie Amundsen has made the Final Four but it’s not for her basketball skills. Amundsen is the social marketing genius behind Locally Laid, one of four finalists in a national small business competition for a free 30-second commercial in this year’s Super...


January 9, 2014
AMES, Iowa – What happens when you add diversity to Iowa’s conventional corn-soybean cropping system? An Iowa State University agronomist has found that you can reduce herbicide inputs, maintain and even improve weed suppression, enhance soil quality by several measures, plus boost...